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13 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Emily Cody - 17 Jan 2019


Just because you’re back at work doesn’t mean the summer fun has to stop. January is heating up and the same goes for all the events we’ve got lined up for you this weekend. With trivia, markets, pop-ups and more, there is no shortage of things to keep you busy as we trudge through the summer heat. So without further ado, here are the 13 hottest things to do this weekend in Melbourne.

All Weekend

Supernormal Natsu Pop Up

The Supernormal NATSU pop-up is back for another two-week run from 15 - 27 January and it is kicking off with a one-off dinner party by Sydney-based chef Brent Savage. The menu will focus on 100% vegetarian nosh made with local produce. Delight yourself in silken tofu, hand-rolled udon served with cold dashi, herb-infused soy and the best vegetables from the organic garden—perfect while the weather is warm.

What: Supernormal Natsu Pop Up
When: Tuesday 15 January to Sunday 27 January
Where: Supernormal Canteen, 2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
For more info, click 

Midsumma Festival

The annual event is back celebrating gay pride and diversity for everyone, with over 22 days between January and February, where you can see more than 170 events at over 100 venues in and around Melbourne. Activities include visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, sport and social and political forums and debates, and much much more.

What: Midsumma Festival 2019
When: 19th January - 10th February
Where: 77 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, Vic 3006
For more info, click 

LEGOLAND Brickvention 2019

Join the world’s biggest Minifigure Lego® swap at Brickvention 2019, for the avid Lego lover who wants to refresh or complete their collection. Trade in your superhero for a villain or your pirate for a policeman at Legoland convention, where you’ll have over 3,000 Minifigures to choose from. Head to Chadstone afterwards for the Afterdark Brickvention After Party, for an evening with challenges, games, workshops, face painting and snacks with plenty of Lego, of course.

What: Legoland Brickvention 2019 Minifigure Swap
When: Saturday 19th (9am - 4pm) and Sunday 20th January 9am - 5pm
Where: Melbourne Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton, Vic.
For more info, click 

Lululemon x AO Yoga

In celebration of the Australian Open, the Official Mindful Partner has teamed up with Lululemon to bring a yoga series to the summer of tennis. Five 60-minute yoga classes will be held by local Lululemon ambassadors to cater to all levels along with other mindful practices to release stress and build strength. Get there 15 minutes before to reserve your mat, which is provided.

What: Lululemon x AO Yoga
When: 16th - 22nd January. Classes will run from 8:00am - 9:00am
Where: Birrarung Marr, at the AO Tennis Club on the lower terrace
For more info, click 

MPavilion Extended

MPavilion extends its record summer program of free events due to their high success turnout rate supported by their principal partner ANZ. This means more free talks, workshops, performances, and installations from 9am to 4pm every day.

What: MPavilion
When: Extended to 17th February everyday 9-4pm
Where: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Southbank Arts Precinct
For more info, click 

Friday 18 January

Summer Heights High Trivia At The Ascot Lot

Reserve a free table for you and your squad this Friday night for a laugh and a half. Bring back a sense of your favourite nostalgic Summer Heights High memories with trivia questions and great prizes to be won. If you really want to get in the theme, you can wear your best school uniform or shirt and tie for the best-dressed competition.

What: Summer Heights High Trivia at The Ascot Lot
Friday 18th January 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Ascot Lot 448-462 Mount Alexander Road Ascot Vale, VIC 3032
For more info, click here.

Saturday 19 January

Cellar Door Opening At One Block

With the success of their first event, One Block is opening their cellar doors again this month. Heighten your senses and enjoy the lawns this Saturday with lots of new wines, food and music, while under the sunsets skies in beautiful Victorian surroundings. Try a strikingly good new vermouth called Summerbird and enjoy the summer BBQ treats from Chris Watson (Cutler & Co) accompanied by chill summer beats in the background. Free entry & good times. Need we say more?

What: Cellar Door Opening @ One Block
When: Saturday 19th January from 2pm until sunset.
Where: Chestnut Hill Vineyard & One Block Winery - 1280 Pakenham Rd, Mt Burnett.
For more info, click 

Sunday 20 January

Preston Market’s Multicultural Day

This Sunday Preston Market will be bustling with over 20 delicious food stalls, live entertainment and cultural arts celebrating Melbourne’s diverse community. You can get in on the action for free for an all-around great summer Sunday.

What: Preston Market’s Multicultural Day
When: Sunday 20th January 10am - 3pm  
Where: Preston Market,
2/30A The Centreway, Preston.
For more info, click here.

Coombe Summer Garden Party

Prepare yourself for the perfect Sunday with a summer wine soiree at Coombe Yarra Valley. Coombe has paired with Australia’s best online wine retailer Vinomofo for the collaboration of a lifetime. The former home and stunning garden of Australian icon Dame Nellie Melba will host this incredible event in Yarra Valley’s most Instagrammable spot. Get ready for a fun-filled afternoon of lawn games, exquisite wine, amazing canapés and tasting boards prepared by Executive Chef Neil Cunningham, and more.

What: Coombe Summer Garden Party  
Sunday January 20th (12:30pm - 5:00pm)
Where: Coombe Yarra Valley, 673-675 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC, 3770.
For more info, click here.

San Sebastian Day At Sebastian

In celebration of Spain’s annual street event El Dia de San Sebastian, Sebastian in Williamstown is paying homage to the day with a special Spanish shared set menu amongst live music, delicious cider, wine tastings and, of course, their famous sangria. No Spanish event is complete without live flamenco music and dance from midday onwards, along with kids activities including a drum parade on the beach. To get in on the fun, we highly recommend booking a reservation on the deck.

What: San Sebastian Day at Sebastian
When: Sunday, 20 January, 12pm to 11 pm
Where: Sebastian Beach Bar and Grill, 26 Esplanade, Williamstown
For more info, click 

Club Aperol at Transport Hotel

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon with your mates, look no further. To celebrate the launch of the Australian Open, Melbourne’s Transport Hotel is serving up $12 Aperol Spritz every day ending in y. There’s even a pop-up photobooth to jump in and DJ sets to soak up as you kick back and watch the match live.

What: Club Aperol at Transport Hotel
When: Sunday, 20 January
Where: Transport Hotel, Fed Square
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

MSO Harry Potter

Harry Potter in concert for four nights! Need we say more? For the first time in Harry Potter history, audiences will experience each film projected in HD on a big screen, accompanied with a full MSO symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live to the films we all love so much.

What: MSO Harry Potter
When: 31st January - 4th February
Where: Hamer Hall
To more info and to book tickets click 

Run For The Kids

Get your trainers out, the annual The Herald Sun/Transurban Run event is back.

What: The Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids
When: Sunday 7 April
Where: Marvel Stadium, 740 Bourke St
For more info, click 

Did you hear the good news? Pope Joan is being resurrected next month. Read all about it here.

Image credit: Unsplash

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